Elections to Essex County Council (www.essex.gov.uk) are scheduled to take place on Thursday 4 May 2017.
County Council elections are held every four years and each County Councillor represents an electoral area known as a ''Division''. There are eight County Divisions in the Tendring district:
- Clacton East
- Clacton North
- Clacton West
- Frinton and Walton
- Tendring Rural East
- Tendring Rural West
The County Council is the local authority with responsibility for services across the whole of the County. It works with central government and other local organisations to help improve and deliver a range of local services to the people who live, work and travel in the County. Services such as local schools, libraries, support for elderly and vulnerable people, and the roads and pavements are all provided by the County Council.
Who is eligible to vote in this election?
You can vote in the Essex County Council elections if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 4 May 2017 and are:
- A British citizen living in the UK
- A Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to remain
- A citizen from a European Union member state
The key dates for the Essex County Council elections are:
|Deadline to apply to register to vote||Thursday 13 April 2017|
|Deadline to apply for a postal vote||5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017|
|Deadline to apply for a proxy vote||5pm on Thursday 25 April 2017|
How do I vote?
If you are registered to vote, there are three ways you can vote in this election.
1. In person at your polling station
You will receive a poll card at the end of March telling you where your polling station is. You can check your polling station location on our where to vote page.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.
2. By post
To apply to vote by post, you will need to complete a postal vote application form.
Once you have completed and signed your application form, return it to Electoral Services, Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
You will receive your ballot paper by post. A ballot paper can be sent overseas, but you need to think about whether you will have time to receive and return it so it arrives back by 10pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.
3. By proxy
Voting by proxy means appointing somebody you trust to vote on your behalf. To apply to vote by proxy, you will need to complete a proxy vote application form.
Once you have completed and signed your application form, return it to Electoral Services, Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SE by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
When you apply for a proxy vote you will need to state why you cannot vote in person. Your proxy must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in the Essex County Council Elections. Your proxy will vote on your behalf so you will need to tell them how you want to vote.
Who are the candidates?
To view a list of nominated candidates for each division please refer to the Statement of Persons Nominated which are published at the top of this page.
Information for Candidates or Agents
Essex County Council provide information about the role of councillors and information for anyone standing for election. Their guidance for candidates and agents can also be found in the useful documents section towards the end of this page.
The Notice of Election, which formally marks the start of the election process, was published on Monday 27 March 2017 and all other key statutory dates are featured in the timetable for local elections on 4 May 2017
Electorate as at 27 March 2017
|Frinton and Walton||15,551|
|Tendring Rural East||14,571|
|Tendring Rural West||13,509|